Blac Chyna will have a chance to shore up her lawsuit against Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner to proceed with allegations she was defamed by the pair, damaging her brand, a judge ruled Thursday.
Chyna sued her ex-flame, Rob Kardashian, his sister Kim and their mother, Kris Jenner, on Oct. 17. Thursday’s hearing dealt with the defense’s efforts to remove Kim Kardashian and Jenner as defendants from the case and did not address the allegations against Rob Kardashian.
Chyna, 29, and Rob Kardashian began dating in January 2016 and had a baby girl, Dream, that November. They split a month later.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Randolph Hammock said he was skeptical of all the claims against Kim Kardashian and Jenner: false light, libel/defamation, interference with contractual relations and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. But he said he will give Chyna’s lawyers a chance to file an amended complaint.
Chyna’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, told the judge the libel allegation, which requires a writing, will be dropped, but that she can provide facts alleging Kim Kardashian and Jenner made verbal defamatory statements about Chyna.
In July, Rob Kardashian, 30, used social media to post pictures of Chyna’s naked breasts, backside and genitals. He also accused her of sleeping with another man in “the same bed Chyna and I made our baby in.”
He later took down some of the photos. In her lawsuit, Chyna, whose real name is Angela White, alleged she suffered significant damages and that the scandal caused her reality show with Rob Kardashian, “Rob & Chyna,” to be canceled by E! when the Kardashians allegedly demanded that it not be renewed.
“Rob Kardashian is an abuser intent on destroying Angela White, the mother of his baby, who left him in 2016,” the complaint states.
In his tentative ruling issued Wednesday, Hammock said Chyna’s suit alleges that Rob Kardashian made the allegedly defamatory statement on Sept. 15 that Chyna “left Dream at home this weekend while she left to party,” and that there was no allegation that it was also written by either Kim Kardashian or Jenner.
Hammock wrote that he also has doubts about the other two causes of action involving Kim Kardashian and Jenner. He said Chyna admits there was no contract for a second season of the show and that she and Rob Kardashian were merely negotiating for a series renewal.
“Blac Chyna did not have a right to a second season yet,” Hammock said during Thursday’s hearing.
Hammock also said in jest that he was unsure why E! would allegedly not go forward with a second season of the show based on allegations Chyna was an unfit mother, saying that the series could actually benefit from such a characterization of a main character.
“Just an observation,” Hammock said.
Attorneys Patricia Millett and Shawn Holley, representing the three Kardashian defendants, said after the hearing that the judge essentially agreed with all their points and that they expect to also file a challenge to Chyna’s amended complaint.
–City News Service
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